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W.W. Gay Spring main view

W.W. Gay Spring main view

W.W. Gay Spring

Clay County


W.W. Gay Spring is a fifth-magnitude spring, also referred to as Camp Echockotee Spring. The spring issues from the surficial aquifer. Sand boils are situated in a small ravine eroded into a wooded hillside on the northwest portion of Camp Echockotee, with some additional water seepage from the banks of the hillsides around the boils. Mats of orange iron bacteria are common in the spring pool and run. Water also seeps from the hillside about 100 feet to the southeast of the head of the ravine. The spring run flows under a wooden bridge toward the southeast for about 0.3 mile to Doctors Lake.


W.W. Gay Spring run downstream

W.W. Gay Spring run downstream

Discharge from W.W. Gay Spring, measured by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1993, was 0.14 cubic feet per second (see the table below).

Water quality

W.W. Gay Spring was sampled by the St. Johns River Water Management District in 2000. The water quality data for selected variables are shown in the table below.

Summary statistics of water quality and discharge
at W.W. Gay Spring

W.W. Gay Spring Value Period
Discharge, cfs 0.14 1993
Alkalinity, total, mg/L as CaCO3 118.3 2000
Calcium, total, mg/L as Ca 50.3 2000
Chloride, total, mg/L as Cl 37.8 2000
Fluoride, total, mg/L as F 0.12 2000
Magnesium, total, mg/L as Mg 6.1 2000
Orthophosphate, total, mg/L as P 0.06 2000
pH, field 7.06 2000
Sodium, total, mg/L as Na 13.6 2000
Specific conductance, field, µmhos/cm at 25°C 344 2000
Sulfate, total, mg/L as SO4 19.8 2000
Total dissolved solids, mg/L 208 2000
Water temperature, °C 22.5 2000
Units: µmhos/cm = micromhos per centimeter
         mg/L = milligrams per liter
         cfs = cubic feet per second


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